Pin-Worthy Kitchen Islands We Love

Modern kitchen interior with hardwood floors and granite counters.

Kitchen islands are beloved by homeowners around the world. Why? Well, I could make an almost endless list. Homeowners cite a few of the following reasons:

  • An impressive appearance
  • Extra storage space
  • Gathering space
  • Additional countertop space
  • Food prep area

Finally, homeowners love kitchen islands because they create the perfect hub for the home. In fact, there’s an old adage tells us that the kitchen is the heart of the home. This is true. We spend time here cooking, visiting with family, sipping coffee, sorting the mail, and more! Therefore, it makes sense to make your kitchen as functional and beautiful as possible.

So, instead of telling you why we love kitchen islands, we will show you through photographs.

Impressive Appearance

If you are designing a home with a large kitchen, an island is a must-have. This feature will add so much beauty to the room and make it a favorite family space. This kitchen island is nothing short of grand!

A kitchen with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances featuring kitchen islands.
Great granite! Use a neutral granite backdrop to add a splash of color, like these green placemats.

Extra Storage Space

Even small kitchens can benefit from an island. Indeed, kitchen islands add vital storage space to even the tiniest kitchen. And, isn’t that the kitchen that needs to make a statement?

A kitchen with a black island and white cabinets.
Use the end of the island to create valuable storage shelves or to display your cookbooks or other treasures. Don’t you love the black and white color scheme in this kitchen?
A kitchen with wood beams and a large island for kitchen islands.
Incorporating drawers into the island is a smart choice. This French Country inspired kitchen is proof that an island works in traditional kitchens and not only contemporary spaces.
A kitchen with a center island.
Even a small island creates a useful dining space.

Gathering Space for Your Entire Family and Friends

Families love to use kitchens as gathering space. When you have a kitchen island, you’ll be able to prepare meals while supervising homework. Or, you can invite friends over to sip a glass of wine or a cocktail while you cook for your dinner party. Instead of feeling left out of the party while you’re cooking, you’ll turn the kitchen into the place to be!

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A modern kitchen with wooden cabinets and kitchen islands.
Use open back stools to create a more open feeling to the kitchen.
A kitchen with white cabinets and hardwood floors, including kitchen islands.
This island serves as family dining space, keeping the kitchen uncluttered by a table.

Create Work Space

You can use an island for additional countertop space to dine or for food preparation and cooking. Design an integral cooktop and range hood so you can cook up meals while facing the family. The added food prep space is so convenient. If you prefer, you can think creatively and add a sink instead of a range to make additional workspace. Don’t forget to add electrical outlets where you can plug in kitchen electrics or your cell phone!

A kitchen with a marble counter top.
A marble worktop adds a sophisticated and elegant touch to this island. In addition, the suspended range hood over the cooktop is genius!

Countertop Materials

While granite is the hands-down favorite of most homeowners, others love marble. Like granite, marble is a natural material. However, when you want to create a kitchen that is light, bright, and airy, the lighter colors can be a fantastic option.

A kitchen with brown cabinets and a vase of flowers, featuring a kitchen island.
The island top material of choice for most homeowners? Granite!
A kitchen with a center island and white cabinets.
White island. Clear pendants. White cabinets. Stainless steel accents. How bright and cheerful!

If you want to add an island but these materials are out of the budget, think about other solid surface materials available on the market. For example, quartz is a substitute for granite that’s gorgeous and less costly.


If you’re considering adding a kitchen island, think about what you want to accomplish with it. If you want added space, add those drawers and shelves. Or, add cooking space if you are a home chef. There’s really no right or wrong kitchen islands. There are only the designs that will work best for you and your lifestyle.

Do you love these kitchen islands? Please feel free to pin them on Pinterest!

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